Digital Printing And Its Effect On The Future Of Our Society

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Three dimensional (3D) printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is taking the world by storm and is said to be “the next big thing”, the next revolution, or as big as the Internet. President Barack Obama stated in his 2013 State of the Union address that 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything (Gross, 2013). However, will 3D printing have a positive effect on the future of our society looking at the effects on the manufacturing businesses, healthcare, and consumer home printing? To answer this question we will explore the current technology and how it is currently being used in manufacturing businesses, healthcare, and consumer home printing and, prospects for future use in these areas. We will explore the limitations and advantages of the 3D printing technology. Referencing trade journals, textbooks, popular opinion, and expert opinions in the fields of business, management, engineering, and computer technology to evaluate the societal effects of 3D printing for our future.
To fully understand whether or not 3D printing will have a positive effect on the future of our society, we must first know exactly what 3D printing is and how it works. In 3D printing, a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file or a 3D scanned file is used in conjunction with a computer-controlled printer to make a three dimensional solid object using the additive process. In the additive process an object is created layer by layer, starting from the bottom
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